Movements@Manchester

No CutsThe Possibilities and Limits of Movements Resisting Neoliberalism

3.30-5.30pm, 3rd December in the Arthur Lewis Boardroom, 2nd floor.
All welcome, but please reserve a place via Eventbrite.

The wave of protests instigated by the financial crisis in 2011 has already developed new tactical repertoires and targeted both economic and political elites across a wide range of national contexts. In Europe, the loudest rallying cry has become ‘Anti-Austerity’, bringing mass protests against a seeming consensus among governments that stringent cuts to welfare and services are the only economically viable route to recovery. Early hopes among the left that the financial crisis might kickstart a shift away from market-centric orthodoxies have been disappointed as it has become obvious that for those in power the answer to neoliberalism’s crisis is further neoliberalism. Do these new movements offer anything novel in opposing this old enemy? Is this conflict purely motivated by defence of what is left of the welfare states? Does the current conjuncture raise new opportunities or pose new limits for resistance to neoliberalism?

Beyond Anti-Austerity? will be a roundtable event to elaborate and explore these questions and many others. Chaired by Gemma Edwards (UoM, Sociology), we’ll ensure there is plenty of time for discussion after opening contributions from our panel:

  • Marianne Maeckelbergh (Leiden University, Anthropology): Can anti-austerity move from resistance to revolt?
  • Colin Barker (MMU): What about the workers?
  • Carl Death (UoM, Politics): Conceptualising resistance to neoliberalism: ‘counter-conducts’?
  • Jamie Matthews (UoM, Sociology): What forms of action and identity are possible in austerity?
  • Nadim Mirshak (UoM, Politics): Building counter-hegemony through education?

This event has been co-organised by movements@manchester and the Global Political Economy Research Cluster. It is part of a series of events celebrating 50 years of sociology at the University of Manchester.

anti-austerity, neoliberalism, Protest Talks, social movement theories